Tiger opens at 16-1 to win PGA Championship

Hope Soto
July 23, 2018

Francesco Molinari was absolutely stellar on Sunday at the Open Championship, scrambling his way to a nice bogey-free round of 69 while the rest of the contenders were beaten up by Carnoustie on a windy day along the North Sea coast. With AP Photos.Francesco Molinari's win at the British Open has broken the American stranglehold on golf's major championships, with a USA golfer having won the previous five.

But while previous year Spieth survived a wobble in the final round at Royal Birkdale to take the title, this time he was too erratic, not recovering from a bogey at the fifth that was followed by a double-bogey at the long sixth where his second shot found a gorse bush.

Tiger Woods is on the move in the British Open, edging to within a stroke of the lead on the front nine.

Spieth and Schauffele have parred their first two holes. His first two holes were steady, if nothing else, with Woods at par through three.

Woods closed with a 71 to tie for sixth, three shots behind.

Defending champion Jordan Spieth went into the final round tied for the lead with Schauffele and Kevin Kisner, but stumbled to the turn in 39 and Kisner managed one shot worse to throw the tournament wide open. I've shown that I've been there close enough with a chance to win this year. He laid up, pitched to three feet, and made a par. Kevin Chappell had a putt to tie the lead with Molinari at No. 16 before making double bogey on the next.

Rory McIlroy was bogeying two of his first five holes.

When Schauffele's par putt stayed out on the 17th the Italian puffed out his cheeks knowing only an eagle for the American at the last could deny him. It added up to a 5-over 76 for Spieth, who shared the 54-hole lead with Kisner and Xander Schauffele.

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Steady opening rounds of 70 and 72 took him into the weekend, before a stunning 65 on Saturday propelled him into contention. He walked to the next tee with a one-shot lead.

McIlroy had struggled to make any headway but when he eagled the 14th he rocketed to the top of the leaderboard. Three other players are within three shots, while Tiger Woods is in a group of eight golfers at 5 under.

Scoring conditions were ideal on a warm day with little wind and greens softened by rain the day before. He followed up a 64 on Saturday - the lowest round of the week - with a 69 on Sunday to post the first realistic clubhouse target at 6 under par.

However, in a reflection of his final nine holes, the birdie putt did not drop while Molinari's did and it was the Italian who pumped his fist and Woods who patted his back in congratulations.

The biggest blunder belonged to Woods, his red shirt blazing against the yellow grass of dry Scottish summer. The fiasco galvanized Spieth, who summoned the strength to win the Claret Jug with a memorable finish.

There would be a sense of symmetry to the achievement if Spieth does win on Scotland's North Sea coast - Harrington's double came at Carnoustie in 2007 and then Birkdale in 2008.

Woods had every reason to believe he would cap a most improbable comeback from four back surgeries.

The 14-times major victor had to settle for a closing 71 and a 279 aggregate.

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